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03/31/2008

Video: As opposed to the 'Porn Gay Hoax,' which involves labeling gay dudes as 'straight'

by Jeremy Hooper

Massachusetts' Framingham State College will tonight play host to Ryan Sorba, a young conservative dude who, despite having no apparent training to do so, tours the country giving lectures on the "Born Gay Hoax." Here's a bit of that gay rights foe and frequent throat-clearer now:

Do you have a strange feeling that he's feeding his audience some bullshit? Well, so did we. 

So what did we do about our suspicions?  Well, in what was literally a five-minute, completely cursory search of just one randomly selected section of young Ryan's "facts" (the part that comes at the 47:30 mark), we were able to determine that (a) his "recent" Canadian Medical Association state regarding pharyngeal gonorrhea is actually 17 years old, and that (b) his backup gonorrhea stat from the Journal of Clinical Pathology is actually 13 years old. And both stats can only be found printed in far-right publications like that which is run by the Concerned Women For America, where the coupling of outdated "facts" are always printed almost verbatim to the way Ryan read them.

And speaking of verbatim liftings from right-wing outlets, this next one is a real doozy. If you go to around the 48:19 mark, you will see that right after Ryan presented the aforementioned gonorrhea stats, Ryan goes right into that book that his far-right ilk so like to decry, 1989's After The Ball. Of that particular book, young Ryan says this:

"In this updated homosexual manifesto, they illustrated how aware they were of what they called the [begin air quotes] unseemly [end air quotes] sides of homosexual behavior when they wrote, 'the types of sexual activities and their consequences will have to be suppressed in order to gain acceptance.'

But we, feeling like the quotes that Ryan attributed to Madsen and Kirk seemed a bit far fetched, decided to Google that portion. And what do you know? While we were predictably unable to find the quoted chunk of text from the actual After The Ball as written by the pro-equality authors, we did find the following chunk of text from Alan Sears and Craig Osteen's anti-gay The Homosexual Agenda.  Of After the Ball, Sears and Osteen say:

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Yes, that's right: It's an almost verbatim recitation of Ryan's "original" speech (or vice versa). Except even worse than Sears and Osteen, Ryan has put these words directly into the After The Ball authors' mouths!  No inference or allusion -- Ryan has directly lifted Sears and Osteen's anti-gay spin quotes and attributed them to the pro-gay authors (Kirk and Madsen) themselves!

And look, this is just one minute of this hour long video clip. We haven't bothered delving into and vetting the other "facts" because, well, it's late and, to be frank, this writer has some Smoked Tofu skewers to make and proceed to serve to his dinner guests over a side of sauteed broccolini. But the sort of lying that would allow one to delve into a form of plagiarism? Well, it doesn't tend to be isolated. So we would bet mucho dinero on the possibility that Ryan's lil' gay-demonizing college tours are passing off more lying lines than the horny drunk frat boy who tells girls that he wants them to come back to his room just so they can play with his Wii!

If we get more time tomorrow, we'll go over some of the rest of Ryan's speech. But in the meantime, if you are planning on attending his speech tonight in Framingham, feel free to ask him: "If "born gay" is such a hoax, then why is it *his* team that so frequently traffics in deception?"

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When I see someone go to such efforts, all I can hear him say is, "I'm a big 'ol closet case."

Posted by: Mike in the Tndra | Mar 31, 2008 11:50:40 PM

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